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In order to reduce our carbon footprint when traveling, trying to choose eco-friendly places to stay in, is a good idea.
So if a quiet, rural, getaway is your cup of tea then the self catering river-side cottage in Co Down is the. The timber-framed cottage was built with hemp-crete walls, grass roof and sleeps four people.
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More info: Hemp Cottage. For a comfortable eco-sleep with a tasteful interior, check out the Limepark Cottages at the North Coast of Ireland, just 10 minutes from the sea. Limepark was originally a Georgian 17th century farm but has now been restored into cosy, eco-friendly guesthouses. Power is sourced from a wind turbine, hot water is provided by solar panels and overall waste and emissions are minimal.
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More info: Limepark Cottages. If you are looking for a simpler but very cosy place to stay, then this accommodation centre in Kilkee offers furnished cabins and canvas bell tents with stoves and outdoor fire bowls as well as unfurnished canvas bell tents.
Purecamping encourages their guests to compost and recycle. And from this year on, no plastic bottles or take-away containers will be allowed on the campsite. They supply free drinking water and reusable bottles for sale.
The hot water is provided through solar panels and the washing and drying is done old-style with a washing basin and line. The site overall is car-free. Purecamping offers a range of yoga and meditation classes and have a sauna available for guests as well as beautiful surrounding nature for hiking.
More info: Pure Camping. In rural Kilkenny lie the quaint Croan Cottages, situated between the two villages Dunamaggan and Knocktopher.
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The five cottages provide for a relaxing, eco-friendly getaway with many Instagram-worthy attractions in the surrounding area, like historic towns Kells and Cashel Eco accommodation ireland beautiful nature walks.
Within easy driving distance are seaside villages with sailing, fishing and canoeing opportunities. The Croan Cottages were selected as one of the Top 10 Eco Breaks in Europe by Tesco Greener Living, and their climate impact awareness is present all through their working process. Renewable energy sources, recycling, composting and product awareness are only some examples of their eco-thinking.
If you like animals, the Croan Cottages is the right place to be as the estate is crowded with pets. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the farm supplies most of its food and drink themselves.
Your own pets are welcome as well, as long as they are kept on a lead. More info: Croan Cottages. Plus, the views stretch all the way from the Burren hills to Galway Bay. Activities in the area include surfing at the Fanore Beach, rock climbing at the Burren or sea kayaking around the village of Ballyvaughan.
Using electricity generated from Irish windmills and using super-efficient combi condensing gas boilers are just two of them. They encourage their guests to walk or cycle while on their stay, they were one of the first hotels in Ireland to install an electric car charging point and in they planted trees in the area to create habitat for wildlife.
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